Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, March 8, 2021.
The sky was slightly hazy with intermittent moderate to fresh breeze which provided average transparency and seeing at the time these images were taken.
AR2806 had re-developed its bipolar structure (Modified Zurich/Mcintosh sunspot configuration: Cro/beta) yesterday, March 7, as it approaches the southwestern limb. On the other hand, AR2807 has completely decayed into a plage. Few minor B-class solar flares from AR2806 were recorded by space agencies over the past 48 hours. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 13.
Nothing much significantly going on with the Sun lately aside from exhibited some small enhanced plages associated with AR2806, former AR2807, and another small one at the NE limb, as well few small quiescent prominences at the limbs, as distinctively captured in H-alpha imagery.
Space weather agencies* forecast solar activity to be at very low levels with chances of solar flares of up to B-class (possibly up to isolated C-class) intensity mainly from AR2806. Close monitoring is being conducted by numerous space weather agencies for any significant development.
Equipment used are Skywatcher 120mm refractor telescope with Baader filter and unmodified Canon EOS 1D Mark IV DSLR camera for visible imagery. For H-alpha imagery, the equipment used are Lunt 60mm H-alpha solar telescope, and QHYCCD 290III mono camera; all mounted on Skywatcher EQ6 pro mount Pre-processing of visible solar images was performed in PIPP, stacking in Autostakkert, slight wavelet adjustments in Registax 6, and post-processing in Adobe Photoshop CC.
*TECHNICAL REPORTS COURTESY OF SOLAR INFLUENCE DATA CENTER (SIDC), NOAA-SPACE WEATHER PREDICTION CENTER (NOAA-SWPC)
Weather Data (4:30 PM – 5:00 PM, March 8, 2021, from NCM Al Wathba Station):
Average Temperature: 27.65°C
Average Humidity: 31%
Average Wind Speed and Direction: 15.65 kph from NNW
Average Cloud Cover: 0%
Average Air Pressure: 1002.95 hPa
Average Solar Radiation: 253.0 W/m^2